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Super historical guitars
on 2 September 2010
Just thought I'd write and congratulate Alun, David and John for their fabulous CD 'The Sound of Spain'.
I'd already pre-ordered my copy and it arrived today.
Impatient to hear the CD, I played it on my PC at work and listened via a terrible mono headset.
On reflection, this was quite a good move - it allowed me to concentrate on the music and the quality of the playing.
There's some beautiful music making going on there David.
The sleeve notes are also excellent and provided far more interesting reading than what I should have been reviewing at work.
I've now transferred the CD onto my audiophile hi-fi system and the results are breathtaking.
The recording has caught the ambience of the church at Weston perfectly; I was there last week listening to Berta Rojas play.
The sound emerges from a seemingly black background and hangs in the air with holographic precision as if David were playing in front of me.
I really wish we could have more recordings with less processing.
I can now distinguish quite well the characteristics of the superb guitars used in this recording;
Arias, Simplicio, Ramirez, Hernandez, Hauser, Aguado, Fleta, Bouchet, Romanillos with David bringing out the best from each.
Hearing historic instruments played and recorded so beautifully has set me thinking about commissioning a traditional sounding guitar for myself.
I think this is such an important project for those who love the sound of the Spanish guitar and am looking forward to future CD's.
Alun, thank you for your ... well I suppose philanthropy may be the best term.
I've been to Granary Guitars on several occasions and have felt very privileged to play instruments from your collection, now I can hear them whenever I want.
Thank you David for your beautiful playing, and thank you John for capturing the sound so perfectly.
Wishing you every success with the CD!